Program Overview

The Media Studies in Siena program will provide you with a broad understanding of Italian history and contemporary culture through course readings, reflective writing and excursions to locations related to your studies, including Vinci and  Florence as well as the landscape and museums of Tuscany and the city of Siena itself.

In The Middle Ages Meets Popular Culture in Siena: Reading the Signs of Italy, we will investigate the works of Umberto Eco to understand the science and politics of how meaning is created--- created through signs and symbols--- to make what we call “culture”, as well as stimulate a richer appreciation of the world around us.

Learning from Leonardo: Art/Science and Ecomedia Literacy examines the intersection of art/science inspired by the work of Leonardo Da Vinci to develop a systems-oriented, ecological worldview contributing to the concepts and practices of Ecoliteracy and Ecomedia Literacy.

Academic Details

In addition to the Learning from Leonardo: Art/Science and Ecomedia Literacy and The Middle Ages Meets Popular Culture in Siena courses, you will enroll in at least two other courses offered at the GEO Siena center. The Intercultural Communications course is required, and you may also enroll in courses offered through the Italian Language and Culture in Siena, Pre-Business in Siena and Food and Culture in Siena tracks. All courses offered in Siena are recognized and approved for academic credit by the University of Oregon and various GEO partner institutions. Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Faculty and Staff

Carl Bybee is an associate professor of Media Studies and Director of the Oregon Media Literacy Project in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. He teaches and writes about Media Literacy, Media and Technology and Media and the Environment. Dr. Bybee’s research is in public communication and political communication, with a focus on how the study and practice of media, and the stories we tell ourselves and others can contribute to a more joyful, democratic and sustainable world. 

Housing Description

Experience life as part of an authentic Italian neighborhood, living in apartments with other GEO and/or Italian students located throughout the town of Siena. Apartments are within walking distance of the GEO classroom within the old city walls. No matter where you live, close by you can find small local grocers, restaurants and cafés unique to your neighborhood. Each apartment is fully furnished. You will share a bedroom with one or two other students, as well as the common spaces (bathroom, kitchen, etc.).

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Spring Quarter20192/1/20194/3/20196/16/2019

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.